Page Updated:- Friday, 13 August, 2021.


Earliest 1828-


Open 2019+

218 Main Road (Upper Sutton Street 1861Census)

Sutton at Hone

07538 648005

Ship 2011

Above photo circa 1911.

Ship 2014

Above photo 2014 by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.

Ship 2017

Above photo, August 2017, kindly sent by Ian Goodrick.

Ship sign 1986Ship sign 1991

Above sign left, November 1986, sign right, May 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Whilst Charles Watson was licensee, watercress was sold from their stables and they also had a fish and chip shop where the present car park is situated now. They also advertised that the premises was an ideal accommodation for cyclists. The premises boasted a billiard table at the time as well.


I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.


Kent Messenger & Gravesend Telegraph, Saturday 14 October 1916.

Dartford Police Court.

The Light at the Inn.

Albert Edward Smith, the "Ship Inn," Sutton at Home, was summoned for not shading his light on September 23rd (a raid night.) P.C. Woodham said at 10 p.m. a bright light was coming from the rear of the inn.

The solicitor for the defence asked witness why he did not go inside when requested by defendant.

Witness said the beam of light was evident from outside.

The solicitor:- Was anyone else present?

Witness:- Yes, and man named Agar, who agreed there was too much light.

The solicitor:- I put it to you that Agar said there was nothing wrong with the light, and that is the reason why he is not here this morning.

Witness demurred:- Defendant's solicitor said there is an impression abroad, which was over-cautious, that no light whatever was to be visible from outside. Had the constable gone inside, as requested, he would have agreed the lights was sufficiently shaded.
Defendant gave evidence, but a fine of 40s was imposed.




POOLE Henry 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

PACKMAN Thomas 1847-58+ (age 47 in 1851Census)

PACKMAN Richard 1861-62+ (age 54 in 1861Census)

BROWN William 1871-82+ (also wheelwright age 42 in 1871Census)

WATSON Charles 1891-1903+ (age 40 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

LARNER Thomas Henry 1911-13+ (age 33 in 1911Census)

SMITH Albert Edward 1916-18+

DIXON Henry V 1922+

FOSTER Harry Ernest 1930-34+

HARRIS Charles Robert 1938+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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